The Duke's Daughter

Romance - Historical
328 Pages
Reviewed on 09/27/2023
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Author Biography

Jodie Leigh Murray is a writer and author of The Gangster’s Daughter and The Duke’s Daughter. She lives and works out of her home in Buffalo, Minnesota. Jodie has spent most of her life writing as a hobby, and writing professionally as a technical writer for the last fifteen years. As soon as she learned how to read and write, she was making up stories. Jodie writes romantic suspense and historical romance. Jodie is working on her next two novels for publication next year.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Teresa Syms for Readers' Favorite

The Duke’s Daughter, by Jodie Leigh Murray, is a historical romance novel telling the story of Evie, who has spent her life hidden by choice or is imprisoned and beaten by the earl, her father. Evie believed her life could not get much worse. Evie learns the depth of her father’s hatred when she is removed from the estate by Thane, an assassin who would rather keep Evie for himself. Xander enters Evie’s life when he saves her from Thane. But is she safe? Who can she trust? Although, never far from Xander’s sight, Evie struggles to find her place while she constantly repeats that she will never marry. But she is faced with a difficult decision between her life-long mantra and the love that is building in her heart. Evie decides to escape and make her way to London to plead her case in front of the new king, William. What Evie faces changes her life drastically and leaves her wanting the simple things in life; her family, friends, and raising her little brother, Tovi, as the new lord of the manor. Xander and King William have other plans, but in the end, does any of it matter when love is involved?

The reader will become completely lost in medieval England and find themselves captured heart and soul by every part of the character development in the book. Jodie Leigh Murray has penned a masterpiece story of a girl who wants to live on her terms but learns concessions at times must be made. The Duke’s Daughter is a romantic historical novel that is brought to life by the author. The story development is seamless and smooth and introduces each new segment skillfully to hold the readers’ attention. It is the same with the introduction of every new character. I was able to visualize the characters as they would be in real life, which is truly an art form. The Duke’s Daughter is a brilliant novel that I truly enjoyed, and I look forward to reading more from this author. A great book!

Stephanie Chapman

The Duke’s Daughter by Jodie Leigh Murray features Evie’s journey to find herself. After her mother Lady Katherine died, her father unleashed his anger on Evie with beatings, locking her in a cellar, and refusing to allow her to sleep indoors. A man in black arrived to take her to a convent. She learned that, instead, Thane planned to make her a prostitute. While on the road, eight men surrounded them, and they took Evie from Thane. Xander’s army invaded Evie’s home in Westerbury. On his deathbed, the Earl told her that she was not his child. There was a rumor about Duke William being related to her family, which caused Evie to become irrational. After losing her virtue to Xander, she sneaked away in Jeffrey’s messenger wagon. The journey was not smooth, and during a fight, Evie had her leg cut. With a severely infected leg, Evie was led to the gallows in front of the Duke.

Jodie Leigh Murray wrote about an independent woman who refused to be weak. I thought that Gareth was admirable for teaching Evie how to defend herself. The punishment he received for helping her made me feel that she was unsympathetic after refusing his offer of marriage. Based on the detailed description of Xander and his men, I envisioned barbaric Vikings plundering villages. The vivid details of the events filled the pages with supporting characters that influenced the plot. I was stunned by what was revealed in London. Evie’s interaction with others proved her stubbornness. Each trial that Evie faced made her mature in several ways. The conclusion tied all the loose ends together. The Duke’s Daughter will appeal to readers of slow-burn romances with a strong heroine and plenty of adventure.

Emma Megan

The Duke's Daughter by Jodie Leigh Murray is an appealing historical romance novel following a young woman who discovers true love and that her past is a lie. When Evie was ten, she learned to hide from her tyrant father, the earl, for her own safety. The earl liked to punish her for every little thing and lock her in a cellar. One day, the earl sends her away to a convent, forcing her to leave her sisters and brothers behind. Shortly after, Evie learns that she isn't destined for the life of a nun, as her father hired an assassin to kill her. But when a group of men attacks her and the assassin, she meets a man who learns who she is and promises to protect her. Evie swore never to do any man's bidding and never to marry. Yet ugly family secrets will change everything and even force her to break her vow.

The Duke's Daughter is a compelling and delightful read that dazzles readers with superbly conceived characters. Jodie Leigh Murray writes with a captivating grace that makes you turn the pages fast and devour the superbly constructed plot, spiced with danger and sexual tension, in one sitting. There’s plenty of peril, suspense, cruelty, and sexy scenes, but this story is one of love and triumph. Anyone craving a substantial, charming, sensual love story with a slow-burn romance must read The Duke's Daughter. I dare readers not to fall in love with the protagonist, Evie, who is a woman who speaks her mind and overcomes danger after danger, seeking to survive in a world that belongs entirely to men.